This is not a revolution.
The revolution happened while nobody was paying attention. They organized. They planned. They established the rules that would control the game. They taught each other that the rules they couldn’t change didn’t matter. That’s why so many people are looking around and wondering why things are so bad, how Walker et. al. can think they’ll get away with it. The revolution happened already, and we’re just seeing the end game, the final consolidation of power. That’s why the only way to slow them down was to break the system. That’s why allegedly unique states have similar legislation creeping up. They beat us to the revolution, and they almost won.
This is not a revolution. It’s a counter-revolution.
A revolution is a change from the status quo to something new, a shift from the old way to a new way. The other side paints themselves as Conservatives, as the protectors of our sacred traditions, the preservers of our traditional values. To do that, they push us toward an idea that never existed, could never exist, and has its closest historical precedent in the robber barons and anti-capitalist monopolists. They’ve made all the changes. Their official opposition has sqabbled among itself, letting a reach for perfection thwart steps toward improvement, or languishing on the sidelines.
That has to stop.
It’s time we became the conservatives. It’s time we returned to a Wisconsin tradition of introspection, experimentation, of progressive improvement. There aren’t many days left before the recall elections. There’s a lot of work to do.
Be a conservative. Be a counter-revolutionary. Upset a bad guy.